A Georgia state representative was charged in federal court with fraud and tax charges.
Tyrone Brooks Sr., 67, of Atlanta, was indicted on charges that he misappropriated almost $1 million in charitable funds from Universal Humanities, a charity he founded in 1990, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Brooks’ indictment charges that, from the mid-1990s through 2012, Brooks solicited contributions from individuals and corporate donors to combat illiteracy and fund other charitable causes, but then used the money to pay personal expenses for himself and his family.
“Mr. Brooks defrauded not only the donors but also the American taxpayer by evading his tax obligations. Tax compliance should and must be equally shared among all Americans,” said Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, in a statement.
Brooks has pleaded not guilty. In a press conference, his lawyer, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, said Brooks did not break the law.
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